[whatwg] Re: Transition from Legacy to Native rendering

Jim Ley jim.ley at gmail.com
Fri Jun 25 18:59:24 PDT 2004

On Sat, 26 Jun 2004 01:28:12 +0000 (UTC), Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > Oh right, great what tech do you use?
> The |navigation| object, e.g.

the navigation object is identical between IE and IceBrowser, you
cannot differentiate them.

> > even the conditional comment method is flawless but that's getting
> > pretty obscure.
> That's another way.

Oops, it looks like I left out a NOT from the sentance, it's not
flawless, it still turns up both false positives, and false negatives.

> > In any case detecting IE is not enough, we need to detect an IE that
> > doesn't support WF2 (remember I can implement WF2 on top of IE easily
> > enough, I'm even considering it if the spec evolves into something I'm
> > happy with.)
> As a binary plugin, you mean?

in any number of ways, both binary and script based.

> This may come as a surprise, but standards compliance is not a matter of
> guessing the spec author's intent and implementing that, it's about
> implementing the letter of the spec.

Where does the spec say 1.6.1 only applies to attributes defined in
HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0?      I also don't really see why the fact it
violates the spec here is a bad thing, but adding innerHTML violations
are okay - what decides if it's a "good" violation or not?  For me
this seems a very good one, and fully in the spirit of compatibility
(new attributes are treated exactly the same as existing ones.)


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